Banana Converse!

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Introduction: Banana Converse!

I've been wearing the same pair of converse for years now, theyve finally given up the ghost though. Instead of chucking them away, I've made them awesome :)

Step 1: Acquire the Bits

For this, you need:

Old shoes
Fabric that you want to use (I recommend checking Fat Quarter for some cool stuff)
Sewing machine
Scissors/knife
Rubber cement
odd bits n bobs

Step 2: Cut the Old Fabric Off the Shoes

Take a craft knife and cut the old fabric off the soles, making sure not to wreck it too much. Try and get it off in once piece as we need to to make a pattern

Step 3: Make the Pattern

Take the main shoe part that you cut off and cut it in half down the back of the shoe.
Place all of the bits on paper and draw round them

Step 4: Cutting

Cut out the paper pattern you just made. Fold the fabric so that its doubled up and pin the paper templates to it.

Step 5: Cut Out the Fabric

Cut round the pattern making sure to leave some space around the edge. We'll be sewing this inside-out later on

Step 6: Get Ready to Sew

Take the panels and turn them over, so that they are inside-out. Sew round the edge to fasten them together.
Turn them inside out and Iron them flat

I didnt take photos of this next bit as I was too busy sewing, but :
Sew the standard converse pattern on the panel, then sew it together with a strip down the back.

Step 7: Punch the Holes for Laces

Grab a hole punch and create 8 4mm wide holes in the fabric, do this again on the other side.

Step 8: The Glue-ing

Now to glue the fabric to the sole. I used rubber cement as its waterproof and flexible
Smear loads of glue around the inside edges of the sole and inside the toe-cap. Stick the tongue in and jam some paper in there to apply pressure to it.

Stick the fabric into the sole after letting the glue become tacky (about 5 minutes), pack it out with tissue to force the fabric into the glue.

Insert the insole and apply more glue round the edges to fix the fabric to the insole

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    26 Discussions

    Could you upload a scan of the converse templates? And which site was the one that sold knckoffs?

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    rachel
    rachel

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is fantastic. Got any pix of you wearing them? I'm working on a pair of shoes now, Instructable to come in another couple weeks most likely as I have to do everything twice because the first time I get it wrong :)

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    Knex Guru
    Knex Guru

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you want to make duct tape ones ... Make cloth with the duct tape by laying it sticky side to sticky side. When you cut it into shape, fold tape along the edges to keep them from peeling open. Cover the whole thing in duct tape, and it just might work.

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    xwx
    xwx

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah i know how to make duct tape stuff check my wallet instructions i was planning on making instructables for other stuff too!

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    xwx
    xwx

    11 years ago on Introduction

    okay the duct tape one didn't work...yea so I'm going to just do this to my 2 pairs of old ones and be happy :D (maybe completely out of duct tape?)

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    13fingerfx
    13fingerfx

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. Of course, when you have the shoe in pieces vou could take a mould of the sole, then you could rep' that too. Maybe use old tire rubber for the base and then a latex upper sole. Instant shoe factory. Probably still want to buy innersoles, though.

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    inquisitive
    inquisitive

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job! Try using the shoe glue called GOOP next time, it is actually made to quick mend shoes.

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    coerul
    coerul

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I can't wait to do this to some of my old, worn out converse! However, I was wondering if anyone had tips on making knee-high converse this way. I've always wanted some and they're way overpriced, but I can't figure out how to cut the right canvas pieces.

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    xwx
    xwx

    12 years ago on Introduction

    wow! this is great i'm going to try with duct tape :D

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    summit
    summit

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Wow I love Converses, but I can't wear them anymore. Due to an ingrown toenail caused from the rubber. But I had four pairs of them. My first were black high-tops. Good times...

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    White_Feathers

    Lol you're amazing. Fantastic idea. :-D I have been contemplating on drawing a picture on my new off-white converse hightops. But I'm scared to draw on um...dunno. hmm So, how old are these shoes? They look really well beat up at the rubbers, yet, they're not like totally torn apart. My first black low tops only lasted me about 2 years, and I wore them till they didn't have a back, and huge holes on the sides. The rubber's gotten torn away from the shoe in a couple places too. Still wear them, though...it's just hard to. Lol Bananas are amazing! :-D Very nice job.

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    fridgehead
    fridgehead

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I've had these shoes for about 2 years, suprisingly the soles survived really well. Theyve started to fall apart at the back (apparently my parents teilling me to "pick my feet up" as a child never sank in :P ) I found a place that sells knock-off converse shoes for about 10 quid a pair, they're completely blank as well - perfect for drawing on and cheap enough where I dont care if they get trashed :D

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    T0BY
    T0BY

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm very impressed with the job you've done, I'll probably try the same myself, but I have to ask, is the glue adequate to hold the sole on? Have you worn them much?

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    fridgehead
    fridgehead

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    probably not, its only rubber cement. I was looking for a glue that was strong, flexible and waterproof. I havent worn them yet, still working on the second shoe.

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    T0BY
    T0BY

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Good luck! I wonder if stitching or even riveting the uppers to the soles might help...